Righteous are You, O Lord, and upright are Your judgments. Your testimonies, which You have commanded, are righteous and very faithful. My zeal has consumed me, because my enemies have forgotten Your words. Your word is very pure; therefore Your servant loves it. I am small and despised, yet I do not forget Your precepts. Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Your law is truth. Trouble and anguish have overtaken me, yet Your commandments are my delights. The righteousness of Your testimonies is everlasting; give me understanding, and I shall live. (Psalm 119:137-144)
God Is Right And His Word Is Righteousness
There is a fundamental character of man that separates him from the species of animals that thrive on the earth: the ability to understand right and wrong. Creatures and beasts do not possess an eternal spirit nor do they make choices dependent on the laws of righteousness or unrighteousness. They understand their maker sharing in a covenant of creation given to them by God. Man is like the animal as far as the fleshly body is concerned but he possesses the knowledge of morality giving him dominion over all the creatures of the earth. From the beginning of time God has revealed to man the moral code of what is right and what is wrong. The struggle of humanity has always been deciding which compass to depend upon for guidance: the wisdom of man or the wisdom of God. Every time man chooses to follow his own wisdom the world turns to chaos. The word of God is a declaration of the truth of the Creator of what is right and as Creator the Lord is right about everything He says, does and demands of man. God does not lie. He is not measured by the whims of men. The Lord God is righteous not because He does righteous things but He is righteous in the purest terms. All of his judgments are upright and true with no shadow of turning. Rules are the hallmark of man’s relationship with God and all of the rules of the Lord are veracious beyond contradiction. The testimonies of the Lord are the right things for man to do if he is to find joy, peace and satisfaction in life. Nothing God has ever done, is now doing or will do in the future has not been faithful to the well-being of all men if they but follow His precepts. The history of man is filled with the crumbling ruins of man’s attempt to find his own way without following the word of God. He has found nothing but failure at every turn.
The enemies of God reject His law and testimonies. When men forget the Lord and turn away from Him they fall off the precipice of security that gives them hope. It is a fragile place man finds himself as he leaps from the safety of God’s word into the mire of human wisdom. Trouble and anguish of heart always follows those who turn away from the everlasting righteousness of God’s word. The law of God is truth and that truth is absolute. Delighting in the commandments of the Lord will bring happiness because the answers that men seek are found in the pattern of knowledge that comes from the Creator. Understanding will fill the heart of the man who spends time searching the word of God gleaning immeasurable blessings to know the mind of God. Anyone can read the Bible and understand its truth. The power of the gospel is a message crafted so that all men can read and understand the mysteries of God revealed from the beginning of time. Trusting in the word of God as truth instills in the heart the confidence to face the world with renewed strength and courage. The word of God is very pure. There are no impurities because the Lord is truth and truth is the word of God.
Reading the Bible is not an exercise to pass the time or achieve some mark on a chart. Spending time in the word of God brings the mind to understand what is right and true. Happiness never comes from unrighteousness. It only comes from the judgments of the One who created man and knows everything he needs to fulfill his life. The blessing of learning the judgments, commandments, words, precepts and law of God is consuming as the wisdom of the Lord fills the mind with eternal principles of righteousness. Servants of God will love to spend time with the Bible as they discover who they are, why God created them and the joy of knowing what eternity will be like. When trouble and anguish overtakes the soul the word of God will renew the spirit to feel the love of God. There is nothing that can compare to how the Bible changes the heart. Life is pure when the purity of God’s word abides in the heart. The testimonies of God are everlasting. Pray God to give you understanding that you may live in the glory of His presence.